At the recent REHIS Annual Environmental Health forum at New Lanark delegates had the pleasure of welcoming Lawson Wight from the Burnright campaign.

Burnright is the national consumer awareness campaign to promote efficient domestic burning.

Many consumers are unaware that the way they use their fuels and fires can make a big difference to air quality. Burnright has created a website with lots of useful information, videos etc. where consumers can learn how to “Get it Right” and make a big difference.

In addition, Burnright has produced an evolving range of materials and resources to help sweeps and solid fuel professionals deliver the right messages.

REHIS president David Duffy said “Lawson’s professional insight and technical awareness gave our delegates an eye opening presentation around wood burning practices. Key messages regarding fuel suitability and the need for correct operation of these units will assist our members when tackling smell and smoke nuisance complaints which they often receive. It is hoped through network sharing that Burnright members across Scotland can be taped into as a technical source of advice for Enforcement Officers throughout Scotland. We are very grateful to Lawson and Burnright for his time and attendance at this year’s Forum.”

Lawson Wight from the campaign said “I was very warmly welcomed by the REHIS team and I’d like to thank them all for the opportunity to present to such an engaged audience. Forging links between EHO’s and solid fuel professionals will really help consumer awareness of efficient domestic burning and air quality. I was particularly grateful for the opportunity to talk to REHIS officers and members at their dinner the night before and I think we all learned a lot.”

He summed up the future potential saying, “Chimney sweeps and fireplace installers engaging with EHO’s have a great opportunity to spread the Burnright messages further and faster. This can make a big difference to local air quality for minimal effort and cost.”

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Photo: Burnright – REHIS president David Duffy and Burnright’s Lawson Wight at the recent forum